Drugs gang jailed for 30 years after £200k cocaine seized
A drugs gang have been sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiring to supply cocaine into south Staffordshire.
The cocaine discovered during an operation led by Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime department was found to have a purity of 81 per cent and an approximate street value of £202,000.
Christopher Burns, 40, of Hill Street, Burntwood, was at the head of the operation and his responsibilities included acquiring and distributing the drugs.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a s ix week trial at Birmingham Crown Court ended yesterday.
Burns was sentenced alongside Lee Crowley, 42, of Pound Road, Oldbury, Alexander Floyd, 25, of Overton Road, Hammerwich and Alfred Floyd, 26, of Scholars Gate, Burntwood,who were each given six year sentences.
Joseph Gregory, aged 41, from Rugeley Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood was found guilty of possession and was fined £1,750 to be paid over 12 months.
The court heard that on November 24 2014 Christopher Burns told Alexander Floyd to attend McDonalds in Hagley Road West in Birmingham to collect a package from Lee Crowley.
Floyd was stopped and arrested soon afterwards and one kilogramme of cocaine was discovered in the foot-well of the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving.
The cocaine was wrapped in a carrier bag with two of Floyd’s fingerprints on the bag.
Subsequent searches and investigations revealed evidence of further cocaine dealing between Alfred Floyd and Alexander Floyd.
Separate quantities of cocaine were also recovered from the home address of Joseph Gregory.
Detective Inspector Pete Cooke, of Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime department, said: “These men were clearly significant in the supply of Class A drugs in Staffordshire. "The arrests and subsequent convictions of all five are the result of a well-planned operation and this investigation shows that we are determined to rid our communities of drugs and those intent on dealing them.”